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The Great Sphinx is an enormous monument made out of limestone that resembles the body of a lion and the head of a man It was built by Egyptian slaves about forty hundred years ago during the reign of King Chephren It is over two hundred forty feet long almost the length of a football field and sixty six feet high The Great Sphinx stands in front of three great pyramids named for the Pharaohs who had built them Cheops Chephren and Mycerinus their Greek names but in the old Egyptian language they were called Khuphu Khaphra and Menkaure They were father son and grandson Most experts agree that the Great Sphinx was built during the reign of Chephren Khaphra and that the face of the Sphinx is of him The lion was a very powerful symbol in ancient Egypt It represented strength and courage Chephren probably had the Sphinx built because he wanted a great tribute to himself and didnt want to look like he was insulting his father by building a bigger pyramid So Chephren built a smaller pyramid but also built the Great Sphinx For thousands of years people have been wondering how the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids and the Great Sphinx since they didnt have a lot of technology as we do All they really had were hand tools mad out of stone and copper The quarries that they mined limestone were many miles away from the Giza Plateau and they didnt have any kind of transportation as we do It is also hard to believe that they couldve cut those thousand pound blocks so precisely and drag them to the site of the pyramids and then carry them into place without damaging them The gaps between the blocks are so tight that you cant even slip a piece of paper between them About ten years ago a better answer was discovered to how they built the
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